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Z13, -22.9435 °S, 125.1348 °E
Minas de Tigreblanco
Official Name:
Ciudad de las Minas de Julián Tigreblanco
Other Names:
Minas, Tigreblanco, San Julián, Man Juria

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Ciudad (city) in the Flag of the Ardispheric Federation Ardispheric Federation
Status County Seat
Federal Subject Flag of Departamento Libertad Departamento Libertad
comuna (county) Comuna de Minas
Geography
Elevation 195 m
Area 26.6 km2
Population
Demonym minero, blancotigreño
Population 31,000 (2014)
Density 1165.4/km2
Government
Mayor (Alcalde) Facilicia Petrel
Transport
Airports No
Passenger Rail Regional Rail - "Imperio Interior" Line
Metro No
Tram No



Minas de Tigreblanco (Castellanese, Ingerish Mines of Tiger White, Altazorian Man Juria) is a town in the Ardispherian federal subject of Departamento Libertad. It is the seat of Comuna de Minas (Commune of Mines) and an important mining and tourism center near the juncture of the Río de Minas with the Río Hierro. The town has an extensive history stretching back to the pre-colonial era, and was the locus of the colonial silver-mining industry. Contemporarily, it is mostly known for being the site of several major fine arts events and venues. It is one of the most significantly touristic towns in the Ardisphere, and its steep hills, numerous tunnels, pedestrian streets and narrow alleyways lined with colonial architecture, all cause the town to be considered one of the most attractive and pleasant in the country.

Minas de Tigreblanco's current population is about 31,000 inhabitants, in a land area of 26.6 km2.

Geography

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History

The city is named for the Altazorian priest Julián Tigreblanco, an early convert to Catholicism in 1500s who has the distinction of being the only Altazorian saint, San Julián. According to legend, among other miracles, Tigreblanco lured a group of Castellanese soldiers away from Altazor, where they were intending to attack, to the location of Minas by promising them "infinite treasure." Sure enough, there was a great deal of silver to be found at the location, although in prior times there had been no known treasure, and so consequently, the Castellanese army deferred attacking Altazor for another 70 years, and focused on exploiting the silver mines.

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Prehistory - Muconga Culture

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Altazorian Period

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Colonial Era and Silver Mines

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Federation and Civil War

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Declining Economy and Labor Unrest

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Arts, Tourism and Revitalization

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Transportation

Rail

Minas de Tigreblanco is the first westbound stop on the branch line of the Ferrocarriles Orientales "Imperio Interior" regional line, which connects the north-south Rio Hierro main line to Dos Lagos, DL, which lies to the northwestward over a spur of the mountains called Sierra de los Cientoocho. The station is to the south of the older part of the town, but the "new" city hall was built next to the train station in 1885, so that has become the commercial center of the town.

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Culture

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Education

The city is host to the public arts university called Instituto de Artes Maomé Sakuba Lamar (Ingerish Institute of Arts), which offers undergraduate and graduate level programs in various fine arts disciplines. The Institute forms a focal point for the town's economy and has contributed to the importance of tourism, with the many artistic events and venues surrounding the school creating a major draw.

The consolidated regional high school, Liceo Tigreblanco, and the consolidated middle school, Secondaria Ucalegonte Casardiente, are located on opposite sides of the canyon that forms the core of the town. There are 4 neighborhood elementary schools, as well as the public arts high school (Colegio Maomé Sakuba Lamar) affiliated with the university.

Sibling Cities

Minas de Tigreblanco has several sibling cities, as per the guidelines of Sibling Cities of the World: